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9 local teams in football regional semifinals

High School Sports

The Mahoning Valley will be represented by nine schools in the regional semifinal round of the Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs. At least two Valley schools will advance to the regional final round, as the fourth week of the tournament includes a pair of all-area ...

Lone unbeaten in NFL

Local Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Pittsburgh Steelers stand alone as the NFL’s last undefeated team thanks to a dominant start and a bit of late luck. Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Diontae Johnson, and the Steelers remained perfect by holding off Tennessee for a 27-24 victory ...

Penguins working around 2020 chaos

YSU Sports

This year has had its share of chaos — COVID-19 pandemic, mask wearing, social distancing and divisive politics. NCAA basketball teams are about schedules, practices and structure. Those habitual behaviors have been tested heading into the 2020-21 season, which is scheduled to begin Nov. ...

Soccer, volleyball in districts this week

High School Sports

Three top-seeded teams are among the 19 area high school fall sports teams headed into district tournaments this week, battling for regional — Sweet 16 — berths in their respective sports. Howland is the No. 1 seed in Division II boys soccer, Lakeview is No. 1 in Division II volleyball ...

Baker bounces back

Local Sports

CINCINNATI — Baker Mayfield brushed aside all the outside noise about his dismal performance last week. Then, nursing sore ribs, he shut up all the critics. “What criticism? What are you talking about?” Mayfield quipped after throwing five touchdown passes and leading the Browns past ...

Garfield falls to Crestview in quarterfinal

High School Sports

GARRETTSVILLE — The sixth-seeded Crestview Rebels fought and battled and were rewarded for their effort as they advance in the Division V, Region 17 playoffs with a 23-15 win over the third-seeded Garfield G-Men Saturday night. “It was exactly what we expected,” Rebels coach Paul Cusick ...

Buckeyes finally on the field

Local Sports

COLUMBUS — Justin Fields and No. 5 Ohio State shook off the rust in the first half and then buried Nebraska the rest of the way. Fields completed 20 of 21 passes for two touchdowns and ran for another, Master Teague III rushed for a pair of scores and the Buckeyes rolled over Nebraska 52-17 ...

Irish withstand late rally

High School Sports

BELOIT — In a game that had a little of everything, Ursuline had a little more where it mattered most. The sixth-seeded Irish defeated third-seeded host West Branch 38-31 in a lengthy Division IV, Region 13 quarterfinal Saturday night. The Irish improved to 6-2 and will play at ...

Unbeaten Steelers, Titans set to battle

Local Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have been through so much dealing with the NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak during the season resulting in one game postponed and rescheduled to a second game pushed to a rare Tuesday night kickoff. They’ve come through still undefeated. Now they ...

Playoff runs end for LaBrae, PV

High School Sports

¯ WICKLIFFE 21, LaBRAE 16: WICKLIFFE — The Vikings gave up two scores early in the third quarter and were unable to reclaim the lead as they drop their Division VI, Region 21 contest to the Blue Devils. LaBrae (6-3) went into the break with a 10-0 lead after a 1-yard run by Aidan Stephens ...

Browns look to bounce back against Bengals

Local Sports

CINCINNATI — The Bengals keep insisting they are better than their dismal record. The Browns’ crash in Pittsburgh last week showed they might not be as good as they thought. The rematch of the AFC North rivals today (1 p.m., CBS) in Cincinnati could provide more clarity. The Browns ...

Cross country: Area runners advance to regional

High School Sports

MADISON — Maplewood and McDonald have been the gold standard of cross country around the area, but among other Ohio Division III teams as well. Both teams kept their team on top Saturday as McDonald senior Brody Rupe won the Division III boys district title in a time of 16:29.70, while ...

WGH storms back

High School Sports

AUSTINTOWN — The big showdown between second-seeded and unbeaten Fitch and seventh-seeded Harding changed as quickly as the weather did Friday night. After being completely shut down in the first half, the Raiders, like a cold front, blew up during the second half to down the host Falcons, ...

Names for many lures are quite descriptive

Local Sports

One thing we can say about fishing terms is they describe stuff pretty well. “Spoon,” “spinner” and “topwater,” for example, certainly paint vivid word pictures. They are categories of lures that are among the building blocks at the foundation of many anglers’ fishing ...

Kennedy grounds Flyers in regional quarterfinal

High School Sports

WARREN — Earlier in the week, Warren John F. Kennedy coach Dominic Prologo said he thought Friday night’s matchup with Norwalk St. Paul would be tough because he deemed the Flyers were underseeded. Through a half of football at Mollenkopf Stadium, it seemed like he might have been off ...

Surgery sidelines Browns’ TE

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — The Browns will be without dependable tight end Austin Hooper for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals after he underwent an appendectomy. The team said Hooper, who signed a four-year, $42 million contract with Cleveland as a free agent this year, had the operation ...

Schadl sparks McDonald win

High School Sports

LEETONIA — Going into Friday’s game between McDonald and Leetonia, both coaches agreed that the rushing game would be crucial. Blue Devils quarterback Dominic Schadl proved to be the X-factor for McDonald, rushing for six touchdowns as the Blue Devils beat Leetonia, 41-24, in the ...

Buckeyes anxious to get back on field, face Nebraska today

Local Sports

COLUMBUS — Ohio State receiver Chris Olave took a wrong turn in the end zone last December and has been itching to get back on the football field ever since. He’s not the only one. Olave’s miscommunication with quarterback Justin Fields led to an interception and sank a comeback bid by ...

Tigers’ Babinchak runs for 400 in win over Niles

High School Sports

¯ HOWLAND 42, NILES 36: HOWLAND — Howland’s Eric Babinchak ran for 414 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers overcame a 14-point deficit to outlast neighborhood rival Niles. Babinchak scored on runs of 4, 8, 20 and 35. He ran the ball 43 times and accounted for all but 10 of the ...

Conner off to great start

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — James Conner’s Pittsburgh Steelers teammates insist he’s having a good time, that the fourth-year running back has never been happier or more engaged. Not that you’d know it by talking to him. Asked Friday why he seemed so sullen when the subject was raised of his strong ...